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Can mushroom be too white?

The common supermarket-variety mushroom is bright white when harvested. By the time it reaches the produce bin or salad bar table, it will have developed a light-to-medium brown discoloration. This is natural. What is not natural is for the mushroom to have a bright lily-white hue at this stage. That would indicate that the mushroom was treated with the chemical sodium bi-sulfite to retard discoloration. This type of preserving agent can cause allergic reactions.

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08:05:02 on 09/20/07 by Webmaster - Questions and Answers -